The Winchester & District Young Carers (WDYC) support children and young people who care for a parent or sibling with a long-term illness or disability.
The group were awarded £2,000 to update camping, play and sports equipment to be used for fun and educational activities. This funding was enabled by the new multi-storey car park and ride at Adanac Health & Innovation Campus in Southampton, developed in partnership with University Hospital Southampton.
The Prime Foundation received an update referencing a young carer, Henry, who at eight years old cares for his dad with cerebral palsy, he also uses a wheelchair.
To begin with, Henry was skeptical of getting involved in the WDYC activities. He received support from the charity and felt proud to care for his dad, but he lacked in confidence – finding it hard to engage with new things and struggling with challenging behaviour.
He nervously completed his first session with the help of staff and volunteers, and by the fourth session Henry was happy to attend, beginning to share more and becoming excited to take part in activities. This included an evening of rock climbing, supported by the Prime Foundation funding, he even made it all the way to the top!
At the end of this term, staff member Anna contacted Henry’s dad to discuss his progress. His dad expressed that the whole family was seeing a positive change, how he had more confidence and ability to open up. His behaviour improved at school, home and his relationship with his dad has grown.
“We are delighted that the Prime Foundation has provided us with funding that gives young carers the opportunity to engage in activities that gives them welcome respite, supports the development of their confidence and self-esteem, and contributes to their overall wellbeing and good mental health. We've seen from parent feedback how crucial such activities are not just to the young carers, but to the wellbeing of the families. Thank you so much for your generous funding!”
Lisa, Manager of Winchester & District Young Carers